For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 89 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 89 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. You will also notice tat I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories.

If you forced me to pick my top books for 2019 (in alphabetical order), I’d probably list:

[I’m not sure why Amazon generates the cover images in such different sizes.]

I’m doing the same thing in 2020. My approach is the same in previous years – I’ll simply update this post from time to time from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

I welcome your recommendations of good books I might read this year.

As Bill Taylor says, “Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?” Challenging yourself to read 52 books is probably a good way to start to answer that question.











20. Junkyard Planet, Adam Minter
19. The Imagineers or War, Sharon Weinberger
18. Our Man, George Packer
17. What the Heck is EOS?, Gino Wickman and Tom Bouwer
16. Detroit Noir, E.J. Olsen and John Hocking


15. Peter Robinson, Many Rivers to Cross
14. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
13. Acquiring Clients, Alan Weiss
12. Why Customers Buy . . . And Why They Don’t, Martin Lewis
11. Under Occupation, Alan Furst
10. Traction, Gino Wickman
9. Pre-suasion, Robert Cialdini


8. Million Dollar Consulting, Alan Weiss
7. Anyway, Kent Keith
6. Master-Level Business & Client Development Activity Checklists, Julie Savarino
5. The Peripheral, William Gibson
4. Murder in the Dark, Kerry Greenwood
3. How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck, Steve Stockman
2. Westwind, Ian Rankin
1. Why Are We Yelling?, Buster Benson


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